In the penultimate game of what has been a long season for The New Saints of Oswestry Town, it’s a first versus second fixture as Connah’s Quay Nomads visit Park Hall this Friday (April 20, 2018).
Although thirteen points behind TNS, so having no effect on the JD Welsh Premier League (JD WPL) title itself – which has already been secured – nevertheless the result will have a direct bearing on who finishes second. Not only is an automatic Europa place up for grabs but also an Irn-Bru Cup spot.
The New Saints go into the game with a plus goal difference of 49, which is greater than all the other JD WPL teams that have a combined plus (46) themselves.
The leading goalscorers in the league, TNS have found the net on 77 occasions, giving a return of 2.56 goals per game. This is significantly more than Bangor City – the side challenging Connah’s Quay for second place – who have scored 46.
Although Scott Ruscoe’s side have conceded less than 1 goal per game (0.93) it’s The Nomads who have the edge in that department with their defence breached just 24 times (0.8) compared to The New Saints’ 28.
The officials for the fixture are Tom Williams (referee), Gareth Wyn Jones and Aaron Wyn Jones (assistants) with Iwan Griffith (4th official) completing the quartet.
The New Saints will be wearing the familiar green and white hooped shirts with white shorts and socks. The goalkeeper’s kit consists of black and lime shirt with black shorts and socks.
The game on Friday kicks off at 7.45 p.m. with admission charges to Park Hall £8 adults / £4 concessions / £1 juniors.
If you are unable to make the game in person, don’t miss out as TNS Radio will be bringing commentary via the link here on the home page of our website.
The lead photograph, courtesy of Brian Jones, is from the game on December 19 2017, when The New Saints beat Connah’s Quay Nomads 3-0 at Park Hall.